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The Faceless Apparitions of Vyolynce

“Tread the border of light and dark”

Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights:
Below Average
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
World Benchmark

Regional Influence: Superpower

Location: Darkest Corners of the Mind

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The Faceless Apparitions of Vyolynce is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by That Guy with a fair hand, and notable for its museums and concert halls, surprisingly youthful workforce, and smutty television. The hard-nosed, democratic, humorless population of 25.14 billion Vyos enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The medium-sized, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Law & Order, Education, and Healthcare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Shadowlands. The average income tax rate is 74.6%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Vyolyncian economy, worth a remarkable 6,057 trillion souls a year, is quite specialized and led by the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Pizza Delivery, Basket Weaving, and Furniture Restoration. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an amazing 240,964 souls, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Thousands of Vyolynce's citizens have been evicted from their homes so as 'not to cause a fuss' on the international scene, calling out of the blue has become taboo, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods, and cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Vyolynce's national animal is the shadow, which teeters on the brink of extinction due to widespread deforestation.

Vyolynce is ranked 2nd in Darkest Corners of the Mind and 822nd in the world for Most Scientifically Advanced, scoring 425 on the Kurzweil Singularity Index.

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity: 1 day 23 hours ago

  • 1 day 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Vyolynce, cyber-crime and tin-foil hat sales are both increasing at record rates.
  • 1 day 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Vyolynce, surrealist houses shaped like mushrooms and volcanoes dominate the wealthiest neighborhoods.
  • 2 days 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Vyolynce, calling out of the blue has become taboo.
  • 2 days 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Vyolynce, thousands of Vyolynce's citizens have been evicted from their homes so as 'not to cause a fuss' on the international scene.
  • 3 days 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Vyolynce, government officials have to mortgage their homes to make ends meet.
  • 3 days 19 hours ago: Following new legislation in Vyolynce, the government recently relinquished its monopoly on the mail service.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Vyolynce, Saturday morning cartoons feature full frontal nudity.
  • 4 days ago: Following new legislation in Vyolynce, loans are available for students from poor families.
  • 5 days ago: Vyolynce was reclassified from "Liberal Democratic Socialists" to "New York Times Democracy".
  • 5 days ago: Following new legislation in Vyolynce, criminals are thrown to the shadows to repay their debt to society.

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